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Catoctin Furnace

14039 Catoctin Hollow Road, Cunningham State Park, Thurmont, MD 21788
301-271-7574
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Ranked #7 of 11 Attractions in Thurmont
Type: Historic Sites
Description: Built in 1776 and located at Cunningham Falls State Park, this was the first iron furnace constructed in rural Frederick County.
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Fairfax, Virginia
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263 reviews 263 reviews
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We were disappointed by the lack of information at this site. Expected a lot more but the area did have other interesting sites to make the trip worthwhile.

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Lebanon, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Walked from Cunningham Falls State Park visitors' center on the Catoctin Furnace Trail to furnace and no signage directed us to the furnace. Missed it and ended up driving around to see it after discovering where it was located. Poorly maintained trail. Little information posted at site of furnace.

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Frederick, Maryland
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Fun picnic for a few times, Has been recently modernized. Places to grill picnic tables, Kids will love the little nature center.

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Maryland
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

The trail to this site is perfect for families, leading through the woods, near the creek, and over the highway. Signs tell the history all the way along. This is a must do, must see.

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Cascade, Maryland
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

The charcoal industry was an important part of the culture in the Catoctin mountains and this furnace is related to that industry. It is well maintained and attractive. An interesting side-trip for a day spent exploring the vicinity.

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San Antonio, Texas
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7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

We loved it here, very nice place to look around and spend some time..even have a picnic! Would recommend this as part of a day trip!

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Frederick, Maryland
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96 reviews 96 reviews
29 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

Relatively undeveloped historic site. Takes about 10 min to see it. I've been there about 4 times over the years and it has been the same most times. It is one part of a multi-stop tour that you can take of historic sites in the area.

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Newton Falls, Ohio
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41 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

We found the self tour very interesting and enjoy the area around this park very much. It is worth a visit.

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Long Beach Island, New Jersey
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Around the furnace there is a short nature trail which is very easy and connects to the adjoining park. The furnance itself is a unique find in itself and you are able to walk all around and inside of it and a partially standing house,

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Frederick, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

I camp at Cunningham Falls State Park from there you can bicycle to many historic areas near by. Great get away and for me just a half hour drive.

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